Sharon Marra is Senior Vice President and Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). She is responsible for the management, operation, safety and program direction of the laboratory, which conducts research and development in environmental stewardship, clean energy and national security. Marra has more than 25 years’ experience in engineering and research at the Savannah River Site (SRS), including management and technical leadership in nuclear waste immobilization processes and waste form development. She most recently served as SRNL Director of Environmental and Chemical Processing Technology and was the SRNL Acting Associate Laboratory Director of Environmental Stewardship, with overall responsibility for Directorate management, growth and development.
Previously, Marra had various management roles within SRNL leading research and development programs in chemical process development; radioactive waste characterization and treatment technology; waste form development and analysis; modeling; remediation technologies and strategies; and remote systems and robotics.
Marra began her SRS career at the Defense Waste Processing Facility, where she was responsible for the development and management of the waste acceptance and waste qualification programs for canistered waste forms. Her leadership background includes environmental compliance, immobilization research programs, robotics and remote systems, and environmental and chemical process technology.
Marra is a graduate of Alfred University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering. She has been active inTthe American Ceramic Society for 30 years and was Chair of the Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division. She also serves on the Waste Management Symposia Program Advisory Committee.